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Old 03-13-17, 05:49 PM   #726
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

Two hours per season might work, but 2 hours for the whole series would basically be a just collection of "previously on" segments.
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Old 03-19-17, 12:14 AM   #727
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

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I may give this a shot just as a fan. But jumping around through the video, I'm not even seeing any frames of Gus yet. If they don't have his story fleshed out in there, it's missing the best part of the series IMO.

EDIT: Here's a great fan watch of this edit, the good and bad: https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comm..._into/deu3k6a/
Ended up watching the full two hours of this tonight. Here's my brief review, full of spoilers, so don't read any further if you've never seen this show:
  • As a fan of the show, it's not a bad way to relive the series in a VERY summed up way. It captures the general gist of Walter's arc...but that's about all. I enjoyed it for what it was, but would never recommend it as a way to introduce someone to the show who doesn't want to sit through all seasons.
  • The quality is pretty good considering the shows were really meant to be viewed in ebbs and flows of storylines. This just told the overall story the way you might over dinner with friends and never really feels quite like a movie as much as a "retelling" featurette.
  • Walt is the only character who has any development, and even then you never quite get the feeling he's the kingpin he is in the actual series. He seems more like just a cook who got in a really bad situation and tried his best to get out. He basically starts to cook, then immediately gets tied in with Gus, then takes Gus out, stays in it a bit to help out his family, then gets out for good...until he's driven to take the final enemies out.
  • They really needed a couple more hours, or a couple hours per season, because you miss out on the arcs of Skylar, Flynn, Hank, Gus, etc...and Jesse is barely even in this thing. He's in it less than Hank.
  • It did make me want to watch the series again. Missing scenes/storylines that I LOVED in the series include the poisoning of the Mexican cartel, the twins shootout with Hank, Gus' death, Skylar's affair, Jesse's girlfriend...
So, yeah...appreciate it for what it is, but it can never stand up to the series.
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Old 03-19-17, 07:20 AM   #728
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

Yeah I'd say a two hour highlight reel of the series just seems like a boring idea. Now, maybe something where it's focusing on one element, such as Hank's investigation - without revealing Walt's role until when he actually finds out, that could be interesting, even though we (and even many non viewers) already know.
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Old 03-19-17, 01:36 PM   #729
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

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Ended up watching the full two hours of this tonight. Here's my brief review, full of spoilers, so don't read any further if you've never seen this show:
  • As a fan of the show, it's not a bad way to relive the series in a VERY summed up way. It captures the general gist of Walter's arc...but that's about all. I enjoyed it for what it was, but would never recommend it as a way to introduce someone to the show who doesn't want to sit through all seasons.
  • The quality is pretty good considering the shows were really meant to be viewed in ebbs and flows of storylines. This just told the overall story the way you might over dinner with friends and never really feels quite like a movie as much as a "retelling" featurette.
  • Walt is the only character who has any development, and even then you never quite get the feeling he's the kingpin he is in the actual series. He seems more like just a cook who got in a really bad situation and tried his best to get out. He basically starts to cook, then immediately gets tied in with Gus, then takes Gus out, stays in it a bit to help out his family, then gets out for good...until he's driven to take the final enemies out.
  • They really needed a couple more hours, or a couple hours per season, because you miss out on the arcs of Skylar, Flynn, Hank, Gus, etc...and Jesse is barely even in this thing. He's in it less than Hank.
  • It did make me want to watch the series again. Missing scenes/storylines that I LOVED in the series include the poisoning of the Mexican cartel, the twins shootout with Hank, Gus' death, Skylar's affair, Jesse's girlfriend...
So, yeah...appreciate it for what it is, but it can never stand up to the series.
Based on your description, it sounds terrible.
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Old 03-19-17, 03:41 PM   #730
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

Yeah screw that. From the description that sounds terrible. I guess I didn't expect a lot more given that it's only two hours.
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Old 03-19-17, 07:44 PM   #731
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

^As well, watching the entire series, the second time through, I can't think of one point where I felt it was dragging out, or I just wanted them to get on with it. It's just that good.
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Old 03-19-17, 09:24 PM   #732
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Based on your description, it sounds terrible.
It's not terrible for what it is. But it just doesn't work as well as you hope it will.

My biggest disappointment, other than iconic scenes that were cut, was Jesse barely showing up. In the TV show his storyline is almost as strong as Walt's. Together, they showed you two sides to the meth business, and added a depth of relationship with one another that they never had with other characters, even Walt with his own son.

So, yeah, not great.
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Old 03-19-17, 11:21 PM   #733
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

Yeah Jesse's arc is really as important as Walt's in my opinion. Ridiculous that he hardly has any screen time in a "movie" version.
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Old 03-22-17, 08:44 AM   #734
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

I watched about 3/4 of it the other night, with an open mind. I think it's okay, and I like some of the montages they threw in, but overall, I agree with the rest of the concerns. It just doesn't work. Actually, with another round or two of editing, it might be decent.

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Now, maybe something where it's focusing on one element, such as Hank's investigation - without revealing Walt's role until when he actually finds out, that could be interesting, even though we (and even many non viewers) already know.
This is a great idea. It isn't the heart of the show, but I think it's the best you can get from this kind of thing. Hank's investigation, generally, would seem to have more elements that lend themselves to this type of compressed storytelling. I'd love to see someone take a shot at this one. I'm not sure exactly where you'd end it, though, since I'm not sure there's any closure to that part of the story that could be considered satisfying for a 2 hour movie.
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Old 03-22-17, 08:51 AM   #735
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

That is a cool idea about the Hank perspective.

I think everyone is kind of over reacting. The 2 hour movie wasn't great, clearly. But this was just an experiment in editing. Nobody is saying this how the show should be.
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

The Hank POV version is really an interesting idea, where you would only see the story unfold from Hank's point of view.

He shoots Tuco, he's hunting for this Heisenberg character, gets attacked, gets his bills paid for by Walt, finds out Walt is Heisenberg, and has been running the whole operation right under his nose.

I might actually take the time to watch something like that.
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Re: Breaking Bad --> Series Finale --> "Felina" --> 9/29/13

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The Hank POV version is really an interesting idea, where you would only see the story unfold from Hank's point of view.

He shoots Tuco, he's hunting for this Heisenberg character, gets attacked, gets his bills paid for by Walt, finds out Walt is Heisenberg, and has been running the whole operation right under his nose.

I might actually take the time to watch something like that.
I actually like that too. As a viewer we knew too much to really see things unfold through Hank's eyes.

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